Monday, January 25, 2016

Trying out my Nomiku: Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin!

Ever since I read THIS article, in which HervĂ© This convinced me that the only way to properly cook a hard boiled egg is at 65°C, I have been trying to find an affordable immersion circulator to maintain temperatures in water over long periods of time. I used to work in a lab, so I initially started my search looking at lab equipment. I look into buying heated stirring plates and water baths, but they mostly made the $400 price tag of a Sous Vide Supreme look cheap. A few months ago, a friend told me about this Kickstarter project for the Nomiku. Now, it isn't a cheap option by any means, but it's $199 price tag is somewhat easier to swallow than the other options on the market. I gave in and bought one because it was the cheapest option I'd seen, and I'd been looking for years. I finally gave it a test run this weekend!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Read Harder Challenge 2016

Last year I endeavored to read 100 books. Not only did I reach that goal, but I surpassed it by reading a total of 131 books. For 2016, I'm taking things a little easier. I'm not giving up on having any reading goals, but instead I'm choosing to participate in a reading challenge. Meet the The 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Film Review: Sita Sings the Blues

Have you ever watched a film you would never choose for yourself just because someone hands the DVD to you? I'm not saying I would never choose to watch "Sita Sings the Blues" on my own, but I can admit that it was unlikely I would've picked it for myself left to my own devices. Thankfully, a coworker plopped the DVD into my hands last week and said, "Hey, I liked this." I immediately decided to take the DVD home. My coworker saw my intent and asked, "What if you don't like it?" I replied that if I didn't like it, then I would stop watching it. I didn't stop watching it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Review: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Book Title: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Book Author: Daniel Goleman
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I decided to read this book after it had been recommended to me by my boss. He has been trying to increase his own "EQ" to improve his performance as a manager and local business owner. I generally don't read a lot of non-fiction, so this book took me a bit longer to read than I had planned. It wasn't that it was a difficult read, but there were some parts that were very information dense. I also felt like some parts got a bit repetitive, and I tended to just put the book down and not pick it up again for a day when this happened. Despite all this, I think the book was easy to read in that the language was approachable. Granted, I do have a strong science background, but I don't think it would be too hard to follow even if you don't have a masters in biology. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because above all, I found the topic very interesting and could see myself rereading this book.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Recipe: Kabocha Squash in the Oven (Trying Penzey's Bangkok Blend)

Last week, I ordered some spices from my favorite spice shop (Penzy's), and they sent me a sample of their Bangkok Blend seasoning complementary with my order. I was pleasantly surprised as I hadn't requested this particular free sample (I had requested the free sample of their roasted garlic seasoning, which I also received, but I digress). The jar said it was for fish chicken and vegetables, and its ingredients were "ancho chili pepper, garlic, ginger, black pepper, galangal, crushed red pepper, lemon grass, cayenne, paprika, basil, cilantro". Since I had already prepped some chicken thighs for dinner and had planned on serving some kabocha squash as a side, I figured I'd try it on the squash. See the recipe for the squash after the jump.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending

Despite poor reviews, I went to see Jupiter Ascending this week. As per the usual, the hubs and I waited for cheap night at the local theater to take in the flick. Right off the bat, I have to say that overall, I liked it. I didn't really know what to expect given such poor to mediocre reviews. Half in the bag gave it a bad review, so I didn't have high hopes, as they're usually spot on. While I did agree with many of their criticisms, I'd say it is worth a watch, and unlike them, I would recommend it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gluten Free Chicken Sausage Pizza

One of my favorite go-to meals for an easy week night dinner is a pizza. Since I haven't been doing gluten these days, my crust of choice is a gluten-free pizza crust made by Udi's. If I'm feeling extra lazy, I'll just buy one of Udi's gluten free margherita pizza's and throw some extra toppings on. See my recipe for the chicken sausage pizza I made this week after the jump.